Vicki Taylor, author of "Trust in the Wind"

Author Vicki Taylor is visiting my blog today as one of the stops on her virtual book tour. She kindly agreed to let me interview her so I could get to know more about her and her latest book.

Marilyn : When did you start writing?

Vicki: I've always written in some format or other. As a career, I wrote technical computer user manuals for fifteen years. Through a set of unforeseen circumstances, I was able to fulfill my dream of writing fiction full time. That started around 1999.

Marilyn: Do you have a particular schedule for writing?

Vicki: I sort of do have a schedule. I like to write in the afternoons. I feel more alert and inspired at that time. I try to write for a couple of hours straight, then work on other things like editing, critiques - things like that. I also have to squeeze in some promotion every day as well. So that gets added to the schedule.

Marilyn:What do you think is special about this particular book? Or you might tell us what you enjoyed most about writing this book.

Vicki: "Trust in the Wind" came to me in a dream. The entire book from beginning to end. I filled in some of the plot developments in between, but the story arc was all there. When I woke, I furiously wrote everything down as fast as I could so I didn't forget anything. I liked writing the character, Joey. He pretty much steals the show in a few places. I'd never written a four year old boy before, but his character came shining through.

Marilyn: What is the best compliment a reader ever told you about your books?

Vicki: One of the best compliments I got for my writing was for a speculative fiction piece I wrote titled "Catch of the Season." It was inspired by a Red Lobster commercial I saw on television. The creative juices started flowing and I asked "what if". What if our TV signals are sent out into space? What if alien nations intercept the commercials? What if these particular aliens look like lobsters? What if they take offense to the commercial? What if they go to Earth to exact revenge with a side of drawn butter? A long time scuba diver read the story and told me that he would never be able to go back in the water without making sure to check behind him.

A compliment I received for "Trust in the Wind" was from a long term care facility and came in the form of a letter saying that they were reading my book to the residents and they were enjoying it very much and they asked for an autographed picture. I sent them a picture, bookmarks, and an autographed copy of one of my first books so they had another book to read.

Marilyn: And finally, what's the best advice you can give to a new writer?

Vicki: The same advice that was given to me. Put the butt in the chair and write the book. No one else is going to do it for you. Finish the book. And when you can, read. Read everything in the genre you're writing and read other genres as well.

Marilyn: That's the exact same advice I give to wannabe writers. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Vicki: Thank you for letting me visit and asking me questions. I enjoyed answering them. If anyone has more questions, I'd be happy to answer.

Vicki M. Taylor

Real Women. Real Life.


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